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Senator Mitch McConnell A Chippendale Dancer

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Okay, I didn't say that. It was the reply by Kentucky Democratic senate candidate, Alison Lundergan Grimes. She's pissed, and she should be.

Her opponent, and everyone's least favorite senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell has been trying to link Grimes to being a cheerleading puppet of President Obama.  To that, Grimes was quoted: “Well, I am as much a cheerleader for President Obama as Sen. McConnell is a Chippendale dancer.”

Sorry Mitch, I work too hard for my dollar bills to go stuffing them into your G-(for government) string, not that I'd want to. Not interested in your junk. Seen enough of it on the floor of the senate when you were doing your obstruction dance.

Sexism is no stranger to Republican politics. And when you're dusting off the oldies and goldies, you can't veer from the GOP when it comes to insulting women. And Kentucky's senior senator has it down pat.

Desperation calls for contemptuous acts, or so reads the GOP playbook. When it was announced recently that Grimes has actually taken the lead in the Kentucky polls over the prune-faced McConnell, he took to the airwaves via Brad Dayspring, communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee. In his attack he called Grimes “an empty dress” in an interview with The Hill, published Wednesday.

Well, what's a sexist remark when you're such a macho guy like Senator Mitch, the Magic Mike of the upper house? It's to be expected, right? Someone who exudes manliness like he does is bound to be unjustly accused of sexism.

“Alison Lundergan Grimes seems incapable of articulating her own thoughts, and faced with questions, either directly parrots the talking points handed to her by [Sen.] Chuck Schumer or she babbles incoherently and stares blankly into the camera as though she’s a freshman in high school struggling to remember the CliffsNotes after forgetting to read her homework assignment,” Dayspring told The Hill.

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I think Mitch and his mouthpiece Dayspring must have been shocked when that "high school girl" Lundergan shot back instead of going off and crying to the teacher that she's being picked on or bullied.

HUFFPO:

Grimes spokeswoman Charly Norton told The Huffington Post. "It shows his team's true feelings towards women and continues his disgraceful pattern of not standing up for the women of Kentucky. From misleading Kentuckians on his votes against the Violence Against Women Act, to voting against equal pay for equal work, Senator McConnell has failed to lead on issues important to women and their families."

Mitch, you voted against women on all those issues? What kind of thinking is that? Women make up 58% of Kentucky voters. Surely the Democrats must have your record wrong.

"The only surprising part of all this is the GOP’s continued unwillingness to understand that other women –- including Kentucky women -– can hear them when they say this stuff. It’s why women turned out in historic numbers for Democratic candidates last election, and it’s why we’ll see a repeat next November," said Jess McIntosh, communications director at EMILY's List, which endorsed Grimes.

Mitch, it's now that you tap the mic and ask, "Oh, is this thing on?"

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You've been caught once again with your pants down, Mr. Senate Minority leader. I guess it proves the old adage, "once a stripper, always a stripper." Go get 'em, "Muy Macho Mitch." That is what they call you at Chippendales, isn't it?

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Congresswoman, Stripper

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Ah, the life of  a stripper. It must be exciting, or demeaning, or... even worse, the life of a congresswoman.  Just ask this bag of dust, Representative Virginia Foxx (she's got the name thing down, anyway).

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I wouldn't pay a nickel to see that act, but we're paying her over $150K a year to do her act. She's the Fanny Foxx of Washington bureaucracy, stripping away bills meant to protect Americans. Yup, she wants to give us the full Monty -- peel away as many layers of protection as she can. Her latest "take it all off," Gypsy Rose Lee performance, is in House Education and the Workforce Committee where they were debating an education protection bill this week. Here's a little of what Tyler Kingkade reports in his article Friday about the college requirements and affordability bill.

The federal government should have no role in trying to make college affordable, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) said, backing legislation that would prevent the Obama administration from enforcing new rules on for-profit colleges.

"The attitude of our friends on the other side of the aisle, the attitude of the Department of Education, is that total control of our lives, especially education since that’s what we're dealing with, should be done at the federal level," Foxx said on Wednesday.

“It is not the role of the Congress to make college affordable and accessible," Foxx went on to say. "That I think is the nub of the issue here."

For a representative whose party has done just the opposite, tried to interfere in personal decisions, same sex marriage, female reproductive rights, restrictive health care, her stance is amazing.  It proves that stupid isn't dead. It lives in a chair held by a certain GOP'er from North Carolina.  What's with North Carolina, lately? Is it something in the water.  They've been acting nuttier than a Christmas fruitcake lately.

Perhaps a step backwards is necessary here. To get an idea of this woman's grasp on the education system, we might want to see some of her strong performance here, where she gets her facts a bit discombobulated:

So according the stripper/congresswoman, the government doesn't need to provide guidelines and guarantees that money spent for higher education should even simulate a genuine degree or skillset learning. This bill Foxx is hellbent against seeing passed is to cut down on fraud.

For-profit colleges have been accused by Government Accountability Office and Senate investigations of deceptive marketing and encouraging fraud.

For-profit colleges account for half all student loan defaults, even though they enroll just 10 percent of higher education students.

Chick-a-boom chick-a-boom chick-a-boom,boom,boom. Maybe if she hears some familiar music she's exit off stage. We've seen enough of her act. Okay, she doesn't like big government. She can always quit and there will be one less, at least until someone else steps into her pasties and g-string.

Look, there's an argument to be made that government is guilty of over-reach in some cases. But when it comes to this -- making sure that schools are legit and meet certain educational standards -- we've got to back it as strongly as regulations to help prevent dirty air and guarantee clean drinking water. So "Fanny" Foxx might just settle down her feathers, check the sequins on her costume and start doing what she's paid to do, legislate. She's not there, as Speaker Boehner announced, to repeal bills. They both are there to make our lives safer and better, and when possible, simplify that goal.

I wonder where Foxx got her education, from a matchbook cover?

Foxx and committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) both have received campaign contributions from for-profit colleges. Foxx invoked the Holocaust in her defense of for-profit colleges in February.

So this bill equates to the Holocaust. Really?

Just to make sure we all get it, here's the other side of the distinguised stripper from N.C.'s argument:

Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-Texas) strongly disagreed with Foxx during the hearing.

"Put on your thinking cap and look back at World War II," Hinojosa said. "Congress provided money to send our returning veterans, our returning active soldiers to be able to go to college. Look at the prosperity that occurred right after World War II."

Just in case you're wondering, the committee didn't see things the congresswoman's way. They passed the bill.

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Tampa strip clubs preparing for bonanza from GOP Convention

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I'd really love to hear how much they end up making off all those sweaty GOPers with money to burn!!

Two competing businessmen have been on the phone recently, taking the unusual step of sharing their business plans and renovation projects.

Both are remodeling for the Republican National Convention, adding touches to make the politically powerful feel at ease and preparing to stock up on more high-end products.

(snip)

Across Tampa Bay, many of the area's estimated 50 strip establishments are upgrading lighting, hiring dancers and creating private nooks to cash in on some of the 50,000 visitors expected for the GOP convention. Long one of Tampa's signature industries, strip clubs are preparing for the RNC as earnestly as the city has been repairing bridges, repaving streets and planting park benches downtown.

Adult industry writers and operators compare what Tampa strip clubs could earn during the week of Aug. 27 to the 2009 Super Bowl.

"The only thing the adult club owners and me can compare it to is the Super Bowl — except that it's five times bigger," said Paul Allen, publisher of the Night Moves adult business trade magazine. "You've got a bunch of people coming to Tampa Bay. They're not in meetings 24 hours a day. What do you think they're going to be doing at night? You can only eat so many steak dinners. You can only look at so many sunsets."

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VIDEO: Pole dancing for Jesus in Texas

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"You have to bring your church program with you in order to get into the class."

See, it's all about your body, see. That's how you can mix Jesus and that stripper thing.

H/t: BleuZ00m

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Churchgoers, strippers protest one another in Coshocton County

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Finally something that is cheering me up. Video here.

WARSAW, Ohio - Strip-club owner Tommy George rolled up to the church in his grabber-orange Dodge Challenger, drinking a Mountain Dew at 9 in the morning and smoking a cigarette he had just rolled himself.

Pastor Bill Dunfee stepped out of a tan Nissan Murano, clutching a Bible in one hand and his sermon in the other, a touch of spray holding his perfectly coiffed 'do in place.

Inside the New Beginnings Ministries church, Dunfee's worshippers wore polyester and pearls.

Outside, George's strippers wore bikinis and belly rings.

(snip)

The battle that has heretofore played out in the parking lot of George's strip club - the Foxhole, a run-down, garage-like building at a Coshocton County crossroads called Newcastle - has shifted 7 miles east to Church Street.

Every weekend for the last four years, Dunfee and members of his ministry have stood watch over George's joint, taking up residence in the right of way with signs, video cameras and bullhorns in hand. They videotape customers' license plates and post them online, and they try to save the souls of anyone who comes and goes.

Now, the dancers have turned the tables, so to speak. Fed up with the tactics of Dunfee and his flock, they say they have finally accepted his constant invitation to come to church.

It's just that they've come wearing see-through shorts and toting Super Soakers.

They bring lawn chairs and - yesterday, anyway - grilled hamburgers, Monster energy drinks and corn on the cob.

They sat in front of the church and waved at passing cars but largely ignored the congregation behind them.

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Republican Pete Sessions Held Fundraisers at Burlesque Clubs

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Look at all the fun things you find when you start poking around. Background here from Down With Tyranny.

What they've turned up is a couple of fundraisers held by Texas Rep. Pete Sessions a while back. He currently runs the National Republican Congressional Committee, the top fundraising and candidate recruitment operation for House Republicans.

(snip)

At worst, one of the fundraisers, held in 2007, was at a Vegas burlesque club, Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce. FEC papers show Pete PAC spent $5,378 at the burlesque club, which also that year hosted porn-star Jenna Jameson's 33rd birthday party.

Our old pal Mary Ann Akers who writes the Sleuth column for the Washington Post's website also wrote about another more low key event at a racy Vegas club called Tao held in February 2009.

Is there a theme here? Democrats snicker yes and plan to make it a campaign issue in the fall. "Considering that NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions himself and Michael Steele's RNC have chosen to use strip clubs as their fundraising base, Republican congressional candidates can expect to be asked if they will accept stripper raised money from either," says a Democratic strategist.

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CA Republican Erik Brown return RNC money; RNC cultivated young donors at Voyeurs

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Michael Steele is toast. His sexcapades at the bondage-themed Voyeur club (that features topless dancers simulating sex acts), where he blew nearly two grand to hang with the who's who of voyeuritude, is getting blowback. (Fun with words!)


A California-based political consultant who charged the Republican National Committee nearly $2,000 for a night out at Voyeur - a risque West Hollywood nightclub now at center of the latest controversy surrounding RNC chairman Michael Steele - will return the money to the party, a committee spokesman told CNN Monday.

Erik Brown, president of the Orange County-based Dynamic Marketing, Inc., was re-imbursed in February for $1,946.25 worth of charges at the nightclub, according to the RNC's latest filing with the Federal Election Commission. [...]

Brown's firm, which also has an office in Washington, D.C., has done direct mail and consulting work for GOP candidates in California including Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, now a candidate for Senate, and Steve Poizner, the state Insurance Commissioner now running for governor.

Erik and Mikey are bff. Well, they're at least f:

In October, Brown tweeted: "Enjoying the football game with RNC Chairman Michael Steele. (Eagles vs Redskins at FedEx Field)."

Brown closed his Twitter account after the Voyeur story broke. His Gen Next page was also scrubbed. Sadly, I accidentally closed my tab while it was still up. But luckily, Democratic Underground copied the text and his photo (click on images to enlarge):

Erik Brown is Chief Executive Officer of DMI, Dynamic Marketing Inc. a direct marketing/media production company with offices in California and Washington DC. DMI provides services for corporations, political campaigns, issue advocacy groups, fundraising professionals, and various private concerns. Recipients of the prestigious AAPC Pollie Award in 2008, DMI’s portfolio includes work for notable candidates as well as a several prominent elected officials and public policy organizations.

A graduate of the University of California Irvine with a degree in Political Science, Erik has been an active member of The National Honor Society, Young Republicans, Friends of the NRA, Claremont Institute, and the Sheriff's Advisory Council. Apart from a passion for politics and a driving commitment to advocate on behalf of founding principles, Erik is a sportsman and a mentor to young athletes. As an ice hockey coach for over 12 years, his teams have won acclaim as State, District, and National Champions.

Erik is married to Alison Brown, a graduate of Chapman University and an MBA student at UCI’s Merage School of business. Alison has served as President of the Illuminating Engineers Society of Southern California, a mainstay of her industry. A former director of the Sunday school, Alison and Erik reside in Las Flores, California and are actively involved in the ministries of their local church.


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But wait! There's more!

What exactly was going on at that little Voyeurpalooza?

A $1,946.25 bar tab at a bondage-themed Hollywood nightclub financed by the RNC was part of a night of cultivating young Republican donors [...]

The California blog Red County reported that the outing at Voyeur West Hollywood was an after-party for a number of young Republicans who attended a Young Eagles event that night at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Those would be the same under-40s who are pallin' around with Blackwater for a fundraiser in April. I wrote about that earlier here.

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